Personality disorders affect how people think, feel and behave. These disorders often develop during childhood, as a result of neglect or abuse. It was once thought that personality disorders were untreatable. A personality disorder treatment center can help people manage their symptoms and live full and healthy lives.\r\nWhat Are Personality Disorders?\r\nPeople with personality disorders have inflexible patterns of thought and behavior. These patterns are different from what people consider normal. They make life harder in many ways because they make people think and act differently from those around them. The patterns of thought and behavior depend on the type of personality disorder someone has.\r\n\r\nAt a mental health treatment center, you will first receive a comprehensive assessment of your needs. Then, the professionals at the center will explain your diagnosis and begin to create a treatment plan for you.\r\n\r\nThere are three types of personality disorder\u2014called clusters\u2014and ten different disorders.\r\nCluster A: Odd or Eccentric Behavior\r\n\r\n \tParanoid Personality Disorder.\u00a0People with a paranoid personality are suspicious of others. They have a hard time trusting people and often self-isolate for this reason.\r\n \tSchizoid Personality Disorder.\u00a0This disorder makes people distant and withdrawn. They focus more on their own thoughts and feelings than on what\u2019s going on around them. They are often loners with few or no close friends.\r\n \tSchizotypal Personality Disorder.\u00a0People with this disorder tend to dress or act oddly. They may have strange beliefs; for example, that they can see the future or read minds.\r\n\r\nCluster B: Dramatic, Erratic or Emotional Behavior\r\n\r\n \tBorderline Personality Disorder (BPD).\u00a0People with BPD have an unstable self-image and often an intense fear of abandonment. They have trouble regulating their mood and tend to behave impulsively.\r\n \tNarcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Someone with NPD has fragile self-esteem and self-image. This fosters the belief that they are superior to others and a need for constant praise and admiration.\r\n \tAntisocial Personality Disorder. People with this disorder act without regard to anyone else\u2019s rights, safety or feelings. They may disregard morals or ethics, lie or manipulate people, or be hostile or violent.\r\n \tHistrionic Personality Disorder.\u00a0Low self-esteem is at the root of this disorder, which causes a strong need for attention and approval. Dramatic behavior and mood swings are also common symptoms.\u00a0\r\n\r\nCluster C: Anxious or Fearful Behavior\r\n\r\n \tObsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD).\u00a0People with OCPD have a strong need to be in control. They are perfectionists and are particular about details.\r\n \tDependent Personality Disorder (DPD).\u00a0The main feature of DPD is an overwhelming fear of rejection or abandonment. People with DPD are very submissive. They would rather defer to others than make their own decisions.\r\n \tAvoidant Personality Disorder.\u00a0Poor self-esteem and fear of rejection cause people with this disorder to avoid social situations. They may even avoid contact with others altogether.\r\n\r\nCauses of Personality Disorders\r\nAs with other mental health disorders, personality disorders develop for complex reasons. There\u2019s no single cause that leads to having a personality disorder.\r\n\r\nPeople with these disorders develop dysfunctional ways of thinking and behaving. This usually starts during childhood. Often this is in response to traumatic events such as abuse, neglect or abandonment. Research suggests there may also be a genetic component to personality disorders.\r\n\r\nContributing factors may include:\r\n\r\n \tHistory of trauma and\/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).\u00a0Up to 71% of people with personality disorders are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. And as many as\u00a058% of people who seek borderline personality disorder treatment seek a PTSD treatment program.\r\n \tUnhealthy attachment styles.\u00a0Having a parent or parental figure who is distant, avoidant or controlling may\u00a0contribute to the onset\u00a0of a personality disorder.\r\n \tBiology.\u00a0Neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, acetylcholine and serotonin affect how people regulate their emotions. Variations in these brain chemicals can affect the development of a personality disorder. For instance,\u00a0chemical imbalances\u00a0are often seen in people with BPD.\r\n \tLow distress tolerance.\u00a0People with personality disorders may have\u00a0a low tolerance\u00a0for stressful situations. This can be the result of chemical imbalance or due to a lack of healthy coping skills.\r\n\r\nPersonality Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders\r\nHaving a personality disorder can make a person more vulnerable to other mental illnesses. Co-occurring disorders, or a dual diagnosis, need comprehensive care for addiction and mental health issues. Common treatment programs that may be employed at a personality disorder treatment center can include:\r\n\r\n \tAnxiety disorder treatment program\r\n \tMood disorder treatment program\r\n \tDepression treatment program\r\n \tBipolar disorder treatment program\r\n \tEating disorder treatment programs\r\n \tSubstance abuse treatment programs\r\n\r\nCo-occurring disorders also contribute to a higher risk of suicide. In one study,\u00a084% of people with a personality disorder and a co-occurring disorder had a history of multiple suicide attempts.\r\n\r\nGetting treatment for co-occurring problems is vital for people with personality disorders. The problems these disorders cause are harder to manage when a co-occurring disorder is involved. Treating a personality disorder without addressing co-occurring disorders means treatment is less effective. It also means co-occurring issues continue to influence how well a person can manage their personality disorder.\r\nWhat Is Personality Disorder Treatment Like?\r\nTreatment for personality disorders focuses on therapy and may also include medication. In therapy, clients work to uncover the roots of their disorder. They also learn how to challenge and change the unhealthy patterns they\u2019ve developed. They learn healthy coping skills, interpersonal skills and other aspects of symptom management.\r\nInpatient (Residential) Treatment\r\nIn residential personality disorder treatment, clients\u00a0live at an inpatient or residential rehab\u00a0or treatment center. Most of their time is spent on recovery-focused activities, including group and private therapy. Many programs also include activities such as meditation or music and art therapy.\r\n\r\nResidential personality disorder treatment offers the chance to focus on healing in a safe, structured environment. It\u2019s a good option for someone who needs to focus 100% on learning to manage their mental health symptoms.\r\nOutpatient Treatment\r\nIf you don\u2019t require the structure of a residential program,\u00a0outpatient treatment programs offer alternatives. For example, there are partial hospitalization programs (PHP), which are similar to residential treatment. The main difference is that during PHP, clients don\u2019t live-in at the treatment center. Instead, they might live at their own home, then go to the center for treatment. Usually, clients go to the center five days a week.\r\n\r\nMany people transition to outpatient programs after finishing residential treatment. This helps them prioritize their mental health as they build a healthier life.\r\nPersonality Disorder Treatment at The Ranch\r\nThe Ranch offers outpatient and residential personality disorder treatment. We also provide support for co-occurring disorders.\r\n\r\nPeople do better in residential treatment when they\u2019re not focused on what\u2019s lacking in their environment. That\u2019s why our home-like treatment centers are set in stunning natural environments. Our treatment centers are welcoming and comfortable. We provide tasty well-balanced meals, a calming atmosphere and high-quality care.\r\nDetox\r\nMany people with personality disorders have a co-occurring substance use disorder or addiction. Often,\u00a0medical drug or alcohol detox program\u00a0is needed to minimize the risk of dangerous side effects and withdrawal symptoms.\r\n\r\nIf you have a substance use disorder, we offer a detox program to help you withdraw safely and with minimal discomfort.\r\nA Custom Treatment Plan\r\nThe professional treatment team at The Ranch has wide-ranging expertise. Our treatment program integrates therapies that are proven effective for personality disorders. We help clients address trauma, early childhood attachment and other issues related to personality disorders.\r\n\r\nWhen you arrive at The Ranch, you\u2019ll have a full psychological assessment to help us understand your needs. Then we\u2019ll craft a personalized treatment plan to address them.\r\n\r\nIndividual and group therapy form the core of treatment. Family therapy is also important for many people.\r\n\r\n \tIndividual therapy\u00a0is where clients dig deep into their own personal issues and past trauma. They learn to replace unhealthy coping skills with new ones. They also learn healthier patterns of thought and behavior.\r\n \tGroup therapy\u00a0is an equally important part of personality disorder treatment. This is because relating to others is a core issue for people with these disorders. Group sessions provide a safe space to share and interact with peers. Here, each participant learns new communication and interpersonal skills.\r\n \tFamily therapy\u00a0is often a vital part of treatment. Many people with personality disorders have experienced significant problems during childhood. In family therapy, everyone has a chance to heal and learn healthier ways to communicate.\r\n\r\nWe draw on both traditional and alternative\u00a0modes of therapy and treatment. Your custom treatment plan may include:\r\n\r\n \tCognitive behavioral therapy\r\n \tSchema therapy\r\n \tPsychodynamic therapy\r\n \tDialectical behavior therapy\r\n \t12-step programs and recovery support\r\n \tMindfulness\r\n \tExpressive therapies such as art and music\r\n \tMeditation\r\n \tFitness and wellness activities\r\n\r\nPsychiatric Care\r\nAs part of your treatment, you\u2019ll meet with our psychiatric team. You may be prescribed medications to ease mental health symptoms. We\u2019ll follow up with a medication therapy management plan to ensure your medication is having the desired effect.\r\nTreatment for Co-Occurring Disorders\r\nMental health problems such as eating disorders, depression and anxiety often go along with personality disorders. We provide specialized inpatient dual diagnosis treatment to address these issues.\r\nAftercare Planning and Support\r\nCompleting a treatment program is the first step toward managing a personality disorder. When you leave The Ranch, you\u2019ll have a full rehab and mental health aftercare plan in place to help you maintain your new outlook. Your aftercare plan may include resources such as:\r\n\r\n \tSupport groups\r\n \tIndividual therapy sessions\r\n \tFamily therapy\r\n \tPsychiatric care\r\n\r\nGet Help for a Personality Disorder\u00a0\u00a0\r\nHaving a personality disorder can make some aspects of life harder to manage. If you or someone you know is struggling with borderline or another personality disorder, the mental health experts at The Ranch are ready to help. Call our personality disorder treatment center today at <a href='tel:8662544559'>866.254.4559</a>.